We've achieved a 30-minute version of family-favourite lasagna by breaking the noodles into bite-size pieces, stirring the ingredients together and broiling them in serving-size ramekins. You get all the cheesy, hearty flavours of lasagna, without the time-consuming process of layering.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
broken in bite-size pieces
finely grated or pressed
Italian herb seasoning
bottle (680 ml)
strained tomatoes (passata)
extra-smooth ricotta cheese
per serving: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate57 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, onion, two-thirds of the garlic, the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef with spoon, until beef is no longer pink and onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Add zucchini; cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add strained tomatoes and honey; cook, stirring, until hot and combined, about 1 minute. Stir in noodles. Spoon into four 1 1/2-cup (375 mL) ramekins.
In bowl, stir together ricotta, Parmesan, basil, egg yolk and remaining garlic until smooth. Spoon over noodle mixture, spreading to edges of ramekins. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
Broil on rimmed baking sheet on centre rack until tops are browned and bubbly,
3 to 4 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Broiling the lasagnas on the centre rack allows the ricotta mixture to become hot and bubbly before the tops brown.
Creamy coconut milk and rich white chocolate, which come together in this velvety-smooth and perfectly sweet custard, are a match made in heaven. For easy slicing, let the tart chill once you've added the custard. Use a vegetable peeler to easily shave the chocolate garnish.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
(about 1 oz), shaved in curls
Coconut Whipped Cream:
whipping cream 35%
White Chocolate Coconut Custard:
(about 2-1/4 oz), finely chopped
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat30 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate30 g
White Chocolate Coconut Custard: In glass measure, combine coconut milk and enough milk to yield 2 cups liquid. In heatproof bowl, whisk together half of the coconut milk mixture, the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch.
In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat remaining coconut milk mixture over medium heat just until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk into egg yolk mixture. Return to saucepan; cook, whisking, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 7 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into clean bowl; stir in chocolate and vanilla until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of custard. Refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk flour with sugar. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk egg yolk with 2 tbsp water; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until dough clumps.
Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface. Press into smooth disc. Roll out to 11-inch (28 cm) circle; arrange in lightly greased 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with removable bottom. Trim edge, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang; fold overhang inside pan, pressing pastry up sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Prick bottom of pastry with fork at 1/2-inch (1 cm) intervals. Arrange sheet of foil over pastry; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on rimmed baking sheet in bottom third of 400 F (200 C) oven for 20 minutes. Remove pie weights and foil; bake until crust is golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Fill crust with custard, smoothing top. Cover surface of custard directly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Remove plastic wrap.
Coconut Whipped Cream: Beat together cream, sugar and coconut extract until stiff peaks form; spoon onto custard. Sprinkle with chocolate curls.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in cherries; knead gently just until dough comes together.
Divide dough into thirds. Working one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log. Flatten sides to form 1-inch (2.5 cm) tall rectangle; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375?F (190?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
A quick herby sauce transforms ordinary pan-fried fish into something summery. Serve with steamed asparagus and lightly buttered brown rice for a simple, fresh meal.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: June 2013
(about 1 lb/450 g), skinned and cut in 4 pieces
fresh parsley leaves
Per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate3 g
Lemon-Dill Pesto: Using mini blender or immersion blender, pulse together parsley, dill, almonds, salt and pepper 5 times. Pour in oil, 1 tbsp water, lemon zest and lemon juice; pur?e until smooth thick paste. Set aside.
Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook fish, turning once, until golden and fish flakes easily when tested with fork, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve with pesto.